Jessie Oonark: A Retrospective


Jessie Oonark of Qamani’tuaq (also known as Baker Lake) died in 1985 at the age of seventy-nine after a fairly short but very successful artistic career.  Recognition came early to this widow in her fifties not long after she began drawing in 1959.  Her first drawings excited sufficient interest that several were sent from Qamani’tuaq to Kinngait (formerly Cape Dorset) to be printed by personnel in the newly established printshop there. No other artist had been singled out in this manner; the three Kinngait prints by Oonark remain a testament to her talents.


During her lifetime Oonark gained major commissions and honours; she was selected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and named an officer of the Order of Canada. She was also featured in a number of solo exhibitions, but the retrospective exhibition held at The Winnipeg Art Gallery November 16 1986 – February 15 1987 was the first at a public institution. This publication is the catalogue of the eighty seven artworks in that exhibition.

Editor: Helen Burgess

With essays by: Jean Blodgett, Guest Curator, and Marie Bouchard, Curatorial Assistant.

Copyright: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1986

ISBN:  0-88915-132-6


Softcover, 148 pages

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Weight 1.9000 kg
Dimensions 3.2258 × 56.4642 × 77.4192 cm